the Spruce Goose

McMinnville, Oregon….. home to the Spruce Goose. A monster of a plane engineered and built by Howard Hughes during World War II. Despite it’s nickname, it was actually constructed from birch rather than spruce because of metal shortages during the war. Perhaps the misnomer stuck because it was difficult to rhyme with birch. This recent trip to “Mac” had other objectives for me, but I had visited the museum about six years ago with a cousin who is very much a WW II aircraft aficionado.  I don’t ordinarily get much of a thrill out of museums, but this was far more interesting than I ever expected. There’s quite a story behind it, if you care to follow the link above. It’s said to be the largest plane ever to fly. Click HERE for a video of its single, very short flight.

Mac-9123I only snapped a couple of shots while I was in the neighborhood. Didn’t take the time to visit the museum again. The above building is not the one where the Spruce Goose is on display – though I would have loved to have seen the “landing” of the plane on the building! 😉  The museum building is a whole lot bigger in order to contain that mammoth airplane. Click HERE for images of the museum and the Spruce Goose, plus other planes that are displayed.Mac-9122Another plane in front of yet another building. I never did get a shot of the actual museum for reasons I can’t explain. Mostly it was difficult to find a good angle from a quick drive-by. This is definitely the place for anyone interested in aircraft.

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. 
― Leonardo da Vinci

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14 thoughts on “the Spruce Goose

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  2. Wow, that plane looks very impressive on top of the building. I’d never heard of the Spruce Goose before, but in the video footage, it looks ginormous. it’s incredible to imagine a plane that size being made from wood.

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    • The Spruce Goose is certainly an impressive sight. It’s so massive when seen in real live. Once you’re inside, they have other planes exhibited around it (some hung from the ceiling) and you really get the full impact of the one built by Hughes. He was quite an interesting and intriguing character in his own right. I’m glad you took the time to watch the video. It’s rather impressive.

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  3. I don’t typically go to museums either, but I do go to our air museum on a regular basis. It is more of a pilgrimage. It is like going to a family reunion to see uncles and distant cousins. It is visiting the people and events who made you what you are, a pilgrimage that is done to show respect.

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  4. A place I would very much like to visit Gunta and how right Leonardo was and with such prescience, how sad his dream wasn’t realised until 4 centuries later. Or perhaps he did fly? The question has been debated for decades. I like to think he did. 🙂

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